development of novel materials and the functionalisation of surfaces offer a
wide range of technological, scientific and economic opportunities. Advanced
and intelligent materials on the base of nanomaterials, composites, polymers or
ceramics with tailored properties for target applications are in the focus of
this research domain. Such materials do for instance play a major role in the
development of new miniaturised sensing devices for various monitoring or
tracing applications. State-of-the-art methods for the analysis and
characterisation of materials as well as technologies for their industrial
production, processing and integration need to be considered, too.
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